Current and Returning Students

Interested in living in a vibrant community where your fellow classmates are right down the hall? Want the convenience of living close to your classes, dining facilities, and study spaces? If you answered yes, then Campus Housing is here to help you find the perfect on-campus home! You may want to check out all of the options available to you by visiting our Residence Hall Information page. If you would like information about housing accommodations please visit the Center for Disability Services. To view policies and procedures for students living in on-campus housing, visit Residence Life's Policies and Procedures.

Returning students can apply for housing starting February 1. Returning student room selection takes place in March and, as long as students apply according to the posted deadlines, they are eligible to live on campus.

How to Apply for Fall Housing

Roommate Group Formation

Room Selection

Waitlist Option

Cancellation

How to Apply for Fall Housing

Note: Fall 2021 housing applications open February 1, 2021.

Please review the 2021-2022 Housing Contract (PDF), which you will sign during the housing application process. The housing contract is binding for the entire academic year (both fall and spring semesters). 

Step One: To access the 2021-2022 housing application, you must first pay the $200 housing prepayment and the $50 housing application fee through the MyHousing/Dining portal. You may do so beginning February 1, 2021, at 9:00 a.m. If you have concerns about making the $200 housing prepayment and are currently receiving financial aid, please print out the prepayment waiver and return it, along with appropriate documentation referenced on the form, to Campus Housing at 40 Coming Street, by email at housing@cofc.edu, or by fax at 843.953.6590. Students may submit the waiver request prior to February 1, so that they can access the housing application as soon as it is available.

Step Two: Starting February 1, 2021, at 9:00 a.m., after you have made the payments referenced in Step One, you may begin the housing application by clicking the MyHousing/Dining portal button within MyCharleston. During the application process, you will designate your housing emergency contact, answer profile questions, select a meal plan, and sign your housing contract. Step Two must be completed before you can receive a room selection time slot (see Step Three for details), so Campus Housing suggests completing this as soon as possible starting February 1.

Step Three: You will get your assigned time slot via email 48 business hours after you complete your housing application. This time slot is when you’ll be able to access the Room Selection function of your application. Your time slot is determined by your earned credit hours as of December 2020.  

Step Four:  After you have been assigned a time slot, you have several options for selecting the perfect space for next year. You can gather a group of friends and select housing together by forming a roommate group (groups can be formed February 1-8) or you can select housing individually, based on your earned credit hours during room selection.

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Roommate Group Formation

Do you have other students you want to live with? Consider forming a roommate group so you can all select housing together.

  • Groups must have at least two people and no more than eight, and need to be fully formed by February 8, 2021, at noon.
  • Your group room selection time slot will be based on an average of all group members’ earned credit hours as of December 2020.

To form a group, go to the ROOMMATE SELECTION section of the housing application. You will need to choose a group leader who will be the one actually selecting the room space. The group leader will then create the roommate group and password. Next, all group members who have completed the housing application can join the roommate group by using the password the group leader has assigned. Finally, once all members have joined the group, the group leader will need to log back in and click the VERIFY button.

Once the roommate group has been verified by the group leader, Campus Housing will calculate the average earned credit hours and will assign a selection time slot to the group. The group will get their assigned time slot on February 10. During their time slot, the group leader will select housing for the group by clicking on the ROOM SELECTION page in the housing application. The group leader will select a building and room from what is available at the time of selection, and they'll assign bed spaces to each member of the group. Once your group leader selects housing, you are no longer eligible to select a room space on your own. All roommate groups need to be formed by February 8, 2021, at noon to select as a group. After that date, students will need to select spaces individually.

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Room Selection

To be assigned a time slot to select housing, students must have a completed housing application on file at least 48 business hours before their designated selection time. If you would like to select a space individually, you will do so during room selection. You will have the opportunity to select any space that is open during your selection time slot, which is determined by your earned credit hours as of December 2020.

The following schedule shows when students may enter the portal for room selection based on their earned credit hours:

February 11 – March 5: 91 or more earned credit hours 
February 16 – March 5: 61-90 earned credit hours
February 18 – March 5: 46-60 earned credit hours
February 23 – March 5: 31-45 earned credit hours
February 25 – March 5: 16-30 earned credit hours
March 2 – March 5: less than 15 earned credit hours

If you change your mind once you have reserved a bed and wish to select a different space, you must cancel the original bed you reserved before you can search other available bed spaces. If a bed has been canceled, other students will be able to view and/or reserve it. Be careful during this process, as you may lose the bed to another student once the bed is canceled. Campus Housing will not be able to remove another student from the room after they have selected the space.

To accommodate our large incoming class, Campus Housing will be reserving specific suites within buildings available to incoming students (10 and 20 Warren, McConnell, College Lodge and Berry Hall). Returning students are welcome to live in these buildings, but they will be only be able to select specific suites. Additionally, the following buildings are reserved for incoming students and will not be available for room selection: McAlister, Liberty and Craig.

The ROOM SELECTION page will close at 11:59 p.m. on March 5, 2021, and all students who have applied for housing must have selected a room by that time.

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Waitlist Option

We hope you are excited about your room selection. But, if not, you may request a new space by putting yourself on our waitlist for select residence halls / room types.

Follow these steps to make your waitlist request. You may add yourself to multiple waitlists. Please note that filling out the waitlist form does not guarantee you will be reassigned to your desired room.

  • Log into the MyHousing/Dining portal via MyCharleston
  • Click the Apply for Housing/Meal Plan button and go to Application Status page. Click on the blue Waitlist button on that page.
  • Click the Continue button next to 2021-2022 Housing Application
  • Click Waitlist button
  • Click Select Waitlist for the space(s) in which you’re interested
  • Click Submit Request

If you have a roommate / suitemate, each person who is interested in living in a space other than their initial room selection must fill out their own waitlist form. If you want to live with a specific roommate / suitemate, each of you should indicate this in the comments section.

Campus Housing will contact students individually as spaces become available. You will have 24 hours to accept the offer before we move to the next student on the list. If you accept the offer, we will immediately reassign you to the new room. If you decline the offer, you will remain on the waitlist until another space becomes available. 

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Cancellation

If necessary, you may cancel your housing application and bed space online using the CANCELLATION button on the homepage of the MyHousing/Dining portal. The cancellation will be timestamped and processed as soon as possible. If you leave the College for any reason (withdrawal, transfer, leave of absence, graduation, academic dismissal, etc.), please cancel your housing application online immediately. Notifying another campus department of your reason does not automatically cancel your housing application and room reservation. Cancellation penalties will apply based on the date of cancellation.

April 1 – April 30, 2021: Students may cancel their housing contract during this time; however, a cancellation penalty of $200 will be charged to the student’s eBill account. The cancellation must be received via the MyHousing/Dining portal by April 30, 2021.

May 1 – May 31, 2021: Students may cancel their housing contract during this time; however, a cancellation penalty of $500 will be charged to the student’s eBill account. The cancellation must be received via the MyHousing/Dining portal by May 31, 2021.

June 1 – August 20, 2021: Students may cancel their housing contract during this time; however, a cancellation penalty of $1,000 will be charged to the student’s eBill account. The cancellation must be received via the MyHousing/Dining portal by August 20, 2021.

If you have any questions regarding the housing application process, please feel free to contact Campus Housing via email at housing@cofc.edu, phone at 843.953.5523, or in person at 40 Coming Street.

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